My Reading List

From time to time people ask me what books I recommend they read…normally in the personal development niche. The books below are all worth reading for different reasons, though some are admittedly better than others, some general, some intellectual… They all shine a light on something though, oppose each other and look at things in interesting ways.

Healing Back Pain, the Mindbody Solution – Dr. John E. Sarno (it’s how I cured RSI and I believe it’s the kind of read you ignore at your own peril – it’s so much more than just about back pain and the reviews on Amazon says it all)

The Four Agreements – Don Miguel Ruiz (the book of all books)

The Mastery of Love – Don Miguel Ruiz

The Science of Acting – Sam Kogan (it’s a lot about psychology; I studied at his school)

Stop Thinking and Start Living – Richard Carlson

Blink – Malcolm Gladwell

Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind – Yuval Noah Harari

The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman (very useful in any kind of relationship)

The Magician’s Way – William Whitecloud (disclaimer: I know him, but that’s not why I recommend the book)

The Last Shaman – William Whitecloud

The Way of the Superior Man – David Deida

Brida – Paulo Coehlo


The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

The Pilgrimage – Paulo Coelho

Who Moved My Cheese – Spencer Johnson

Tricks of the Mind – Derren Brown (he has come out with two more books which I am as yet to read)

The Four Man Plan – Cindy Lu

The Game – Neil Strauss (This is about pick-up artists. What’s important is that you learn how attraction can be manipulated. You want to fall for real attraction, you also want to learn people skills, because all of life is a form of attraction to people.)

Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus – John Gray (this book is what it is, but it makes some valid points)

The Shaman in Stilettoes – Anna Hunt

The Language of Desire – Felicity Keith (this is not a literary masterpiece, in fact it’s as far from it as humanly possibly, but it has very valid points when it comes to men and sexuality. It’s a nice read if you want to spice up your sex life. Dirty language guaranteed)

Emotions Revealed – Paul Ekman (haven’t read yet)

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love – Dr. Sue Johnson (haven’t read yet)

Receiving Love: Transform Your Relationships by Letting Yourself Be Loved – Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt (haven’t read yet)

As for autobiographies, I’ve been swooning over quite a few by Richard Branson, I love Jobs by Walter Isaacson and I adored The Secret Life of Houdini by William Kalush and Larry Sloman (I may suffer from a great interest in mentalism…).